Participant Terms & Conditions

GooWee 2020 is an Approved USA Swimming swim meet. This meet is governed by and conducted under USA Swimming rules. The following are the terms and conditions for participation.

 

GooWee: is the official nickname of the The Georgia Unified Invitational. 


Participation: GooWee 2020 is open to all USA Swimming members that are part of the Georgia Swimming LSC. It is also open to non-USA Swimming members residing in the State of Georgia. These athletes are designated as unaffiliated athletes.

Affiliated Athlete: a current athlete member of USA Swimming participating as an unattached swimmer.

Unaffiliated Athlete: an athlete living in the State of Georgia that is not a member of USA Swimming. This includes member athletes of:

 

  • Special Olympics Georgia

  • YMCA

  • US Masters

  • Metro Atlanta Summer Leagues (ASA, CSSL, GCSL, RSL)

SOGA Athletes Additional Condition: GooWee is not an authorized Special Olympics Georgia event. However, if you are a SOGA agency with athletes that wish to participate in this traditional swim meet please click here SOGAgencyregistration. To participate, all SOGA athletes must have a current physical on file with Special Olympics Georgia. Please submit your medical verification to info@georgiaunified.com.

Facility: Cherokee County Aquatic Center, 1200 Wellstar Way, Canton, GA 30114. 678-880-4760.

 

Cherokee County Aquatics Center pool is a ten (10) lane, twenty-five (25) SCY pool with computer timing system and scoreboard. No chairs are allowed on the pool deck and No Smoking is allowed within the facility area. The competition course has been certified in accordance with 104.2.2c (4). The copy of such certification is on file with USA Swimming and Georgia Swimming. The pool depth is 7 feet deep at the start and turn ends. Warm-up lanes will be available.

Facility Locker Rooms- shall be designated for participating athletes only. No coaches, officials, volunteers or spectators may utilize these facilities.  

Meet Format- all events will be pre-seeded and will be contested as timed finals. 

Entry Fee- Entry fee $25.00 per swimmer will be applicable. 

Entries- Swimmers may swim a maximum of four (4) individual events. No deck entries will be allowed. 

Entry Submission- ENTRY DEADLINE:  Date: 09/16/2109   Time: 10:00 PM. Entry can be made through this website or through Hy-Tek team manager.  Entries through Hy-Tek must include the USA Swimming Club Code and each swimmer’s USA Swimming number, first and last name, age, and seeding time for each event entered.

 

Rules: 

 

Georgia Swimming Tech Suit Policy - refer to www.gaswim.org

 

Select: Meets/Events from the home page to review full policy

Revised: Effective April 1, 2019: In all Georgia Swimming Sanctioned or Approved competitions, the use of Tech Suits as defined below will NOT be allowed by any 12&Under athletes (whether competing in age-specific or “Open” events). 11-12 swimmers only will be allowed to wear Tech Suits at meets determined as Championship meets in the LSC such as Divisionals, State Championships, and Age Group Sectionals.

Current USA Swimming Rules, including the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (“MAAPP”), will govern this meet.

 

The current USA Swimming, Inc., rules will govern the conduct of this meet unless otherwise noted.

 

Use of audio or visual recording devices, including a cell phone, is not permitted in changing areas, rest rooms or locker rooms.

 

Any swimmer entered in the meet, must be certified as being proficient in performing a racing start or must start each race from within the water.  When unaccompanied by a member coach, it is the responsibility of the swimmer or the swimmer’s legal guardian to ensure compliance with this requirement.

 

Deck changes are prohibited. (Defined as changing, in whole or in part, into or out of a swimsuit when wearing just one suit in an area other than a permanent or temporary locker room, bathroom, changing room or other space designated for changing purposes). Swimmers participating in deck changing could be subject to removal from further competition in the meet.

           

On deck registrations will not be permitted during this event. 

 

Operation of a drone, or any other flying apparatus, is prohibited over the venue (pools, athlete/coaches’ areas, spectator areas and open ceiling locker rooms) any time athletes, coaches, officials and /or spectators are present. Exceptions may be granted with prior written approval by the Program Operations Vice Chair, Program & Events Committee Chair or designee.

 

Photos and videos- may be taken of swimmers during the meet by parents or a professional photographer retained by the host club. All participants agree to be filmed or photographed by photographers designated by the meet host and to allow the meet host the right to use names, pictures, likenesses, and biographical information before, during, or after the period of participation in Special Olympics, USA Swimming, YMCA, US Masters, Paralympics, Georgia Swimming competitions to promote swimming and meets hosted by the meet organizer. If you do not wish to have your child(ren) photographed, you may withdraw your consent by informing the Meet Director before the start of the first day of the meet.  

 

Heat & Lane Assignment: Athletes will be responsible for swimming in their assigned heat and lane.

 

Starts: Athletes, both affiliated and unaffiliated, must be certified to do forward starts from the starting blocks. Athletes may start from the deck or in the water with at least one hand on the wall. Click here for starting block certification form.

 

25-yard races: all 25-yard races will start from the turn (shallow) end of the competition pool. There will be no diving from the shallow end of the pool. Athletes can execute a sitting start or start in the water

 

Proof of Membership: Deck Pass is acceptable proof of USA Swimming membership.

 

Unaccompanied Athlete: Swimmers entered in the meet, unaccompanied by a member coach must report to the Meet Referee or Meet Director, prior to the beginning of swimming activities to arrange for coach supervision of warm up, competition and warm down during the meet.

Coaches- will be required to sign in and show proof of registration card for verification for their respective communities.  A coaches’ meeting will be held 15 minutes before the start of the meet on Saturday, September 21,2019. One coach or representative from each club is requested to attend since coaches are responsible for all information discussed and disseminated at the meeting. Subsequent meetings will be arranged if needed. Coaches arriving late should check in with the Meet Referee upon arrival.

Officials- this meet will be officiated by USA Swimming member officials. There will be an official’s meeting ONE (1) hour prior to the start of each session. The official’s uniform will consist of a white polo collared shirt, navy blue shorts, skirts or slacks with white socks and shoes. All officials must present at check in, their current LSC Officials Certification Card; OR a recently completed Apprentice Form; AND proof of current USA Swimming Non-Athlete membership.  Credentials may be required for deck access and hospitality.

Volunteers- all on deck volunteers must be either USA Swimming certified or have been certified through Special Olympics Georgia. Proof of your certification must be presented prior to the beginning of the session for which you will be volunteering.

 

Awards- No awards will be given for this meet.

Team Scoring- No team scoring will be kept at this meet.

GooWee 2020 COVID-19 Rules & Guidelines for Meet Participation:

 

To do our utmost to protect athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, facility staff and spectators we will be following the following State of Georgia Tier 3 rules and Cherokee County social distancing rules during this event. This includes but is not limited to the following:

  1. All athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and spectators will be screened with COVID-19 screening questions and have temperature taken before entering the facility.

  2. Any athlete, coach, official, or volunteer showing signs of COVID-19 illness will not be allowed to participate in the meet or enter the facility. Athletes who are not allowed to participate in the meet will have their entry fees refunded or credited for Goo Wee 2021. Spectators showing signs of COVID-19 illness will not be allowed in the building. We will make every effort to provide alternative viewing of the meet. Coaches, officials, and volunteers who are feeling ill and maybe showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 before they arrive are asked to notify us immediately and not to come to the event.

  3. All athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and spectators will be offered a disposable mask on entering the facility.

  4. Athletes are required to wear mask when not participating in an event.

  5. Athletes and teams will be assigned a staging area for their respective teams. Athletes and teams are will be asked to remain in the assigned areas unless to use restrooms or report to the deck for their events.

  6. No Concessions will be available for GooWee 2020.

  7. There will be no more than 100 athletes allowed on deck to stage for their event. Once an athlete’s race is done, they must return to their assigned staging area. Warm up and warm down will be assigned and directed. 

  8. Locker room and restroom facility usage will be staggered according to facility policy.

  9. Ingress and egress for participants in the gallery will be used only for emergency purposes according to facility rules as directed by Facility Aquatics Supervisor.

  10. Bleachers will be clearly marked with staggered seating for participants according to facility rules as directed by Facility Aquatics Supervisor.

  11. Disinfecting areas of use will be handled by facility staff according to facility rules as directed by Facility Aquatics Supervisor.

  12. Physical cues or guides (for example, lane lines in the water or chairs and tables on the deck) and visual cues (for example, tape on the decks, floors, or sidewalks) and signs will be provided to ensure that staff, patrons, officials, coaches and athletes stay at least 6 feet apart from those they don’t live with, both in and out of the water. This requirement will be at the discretion of the Facility Aquatics Supervisor and each teams head coach. 

  13. Once an athlete is finished with his/her assigned events for the day they are asked to leave the facility as soon as reasonably possible. 

  14. If an athlete does not adhere to the guidelines and rules set forth here or ones that are handed down by the Facility Aquatics Director, that athlete will be disqualified, asked to leave the meet, and will forfeit any claims on entry fees or awards that maybe given.

General Liability- All participants hereby acknowledge and agree that USA Swimming, Inc., Georgia Swimming, Inc., Cherokee County Board of Commissioners, and Advanced Technical Aquatics, LLC, and B3Loud, LLC shall be free and held harmless from any liabilities or claims for damages arising by reason of injuries to anyone during the conduct of the event.

GOOWEE COVID-19 DISCLAIMER

 

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens, and individuals with underlying medical condi­tions are especially vulnerable.

 

USA Swimming, Inc., GA Swimming, Cherokeee County Board of Commissioners, Advanced Technical Aquatics, LLC and B3Loud, LLC cannot prevent you (or your child(ren)) from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while participating in USA Swimming sanctioned events. It is not possible to prevent against the presence of the disease. Therefore, if you choose to participate in a USA Swimming sanctioned event, you may be exposing yourself to and/or increasing your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

 

BY ATTENDING OR PARTICIPATING IN THIS COMPETITION, YOU VOLUNTARILY ASSUME ALL RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 AND FOREVER RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS USA SWIMMING, GA SWIMMING, CHEROKEE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, B3LOUD, LLC AND ADVANCED TECHNICAL AQUATICS, LLC AND EACH OF THEIR OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS, EMPLOYEES OR OTHER REPRESENTATIVES FROM ANY LIABILITY OR CLAIMS INCLUDING FOR PERSONAL INJURIES, DEATH, DISEASE OR PROPERTY LOSSES, OR ANY OTHER LOSS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO CLAIMS OF NEGLIGENCE AND GIVE UP ANY CLAIMS YOU MAY HAVE TO SEEK DAMAGES, WHETHER KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, FORESEEN OR UNFORESEEN, IN CONNECTION WITH EXPOSURE, INFECTION, AND/OR SPREAD OF COVID-19 RELATED TO PARTICIPATION IN THIS COMPETI­TION.

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